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The Most Intriguing Interior Design Trends To Try in 2021

The Most Intriguing Interior Design Trends To Try in 2021

This will be a decisively different year for design. We’ve never spent this much time in our homes before. We’ve had to adapt our interiors to our new lifestyles. Some of the aesthetic shifts are in direct response to practical concerns; others speak to our yearning for what we miss.

Our obsession with our homes will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Whether you’re looking for DIY makeovers or large-scale remodeling tips, these are the most intriguing interior design trends to try in 2021. Change your outlook, shake up the scenery, and express yourself.

Blissful Blues

For the last few years, “neutral” walls have meant gray paint that complements many styles without looking as stark as white. Homeowners are ready for a little more color, namely blue. It’s usually tinged with a dusky gray for a soothing room atmosphere. Psychologically, blue is associated with calm, and it invokes the sea and the sky. With our work life now blurred with our home life, we’re all trying to cut down on the chaos and improve our moods. These ideas can inject some blue into your décor:

  • A nearly-navy sectional for family gatherings that won’t stain
  • A blue and white woven rug to add a subtle pattern
  • Small wood tables and benches with antique blue finishes
  • Accent chairs that brighten up the room in sky or spa blue
  • A luxe royal blue ottoman

New Boundaries

Remember how we all looked for homes with open-plan layouts that had a great flow and an airy feel? Well, living on top of each other during a pandemic made that a lot less appealing. Now, privacy is at a premium and families are dividing up territory. It’s not just preference; it’s necessary to focus on work and school while being isolated from the rest of the family chaos. Until we can raze our homes and start from scratch, we’re adapting with:

  • Decorative screens and stylish room dividers
  • Tall bookcases that add storage
  • French doors for creating a barrier without looking closed-off
  • Elegant, professional backdrops for Zoom conferences
  • Soundproofed everything
  • Home offices and quiet rooms for at-home learning

Natural Tones and Textures

After months of quarantine limitations and a long winter, many of us have compensated by bringing the outdoors inside. Bold design has given way to calmer palettes of neutrals. That means we can add layers that don’t necessarily match—they simply add to the sense of a resort getaway. Contrasting textures in similar tones can give a room depth without assaulting the eye. You can try the trend yourself with:

  • Neutral sofas as a foundation for more tropical touches
  • Rattan, wicker, and caned accents
  • Light-toned wood accent tables
  • Leather couches and recliners
  • Jute area rugs
  • Pillows and throws with organic materials
  • Simple ceramic vases and lamps

Indoor Greenery

It probably started when you brought home a houseplant with the modest goal of not killing it. A faux ficus here, some succulents there, and pretty soon you were looking up living walls and vertical gardens on Pinterest. The indoor greenery doesn’t have to be literal—an artificial flower arrangement is a vivid way to add color—but real plants can help keep the air in your home from getting stale. Or you can add some of these elements:

  • Traditional wood plant stands
  • Planters that can add personality in small doses
  • Artwork with palm leaves and botanicals
  • Sheer curtains or bare windows to frame glimpses of nature
  • Bold wallpaper with dark green foliage

Easy-To-Clean Surfaces

It may not sound high-concept, but sanitary surfaces sound pretty good right about now, and there are aesthetically appealing ways to get them. Homeowners are looking for low-maintenance items that they can wipe down frequently without causing obvious wear. Alternatively, farmhouse décor is still popular because distressed finishes look even more authentic with vigorous cleaning. Look for materials like metal and glass that are more resistant to bacteria growth, and try some of these ideas:

  • Dining and cocktail tables with glass tops
  • Classic leather sofas
  • New mattresses and protectors that can fight dust mites
  • Modern furniture with highly polished chrome metal finish
  • Microfiber upholstery and throw pillows
  • Rugged, waterproof outdoor fabrics for indoor seating
  • Welcoming mudrooms with rugs and storage for visitors’ shoes
  • Nonporous kitchen counter alternatives like quartz, zinc, and recycled glass

Multifunctional Furniture

With the other locations in our lives closed or limited to us, our homes have had to pick up the slack. We’ve needed them to be our offices, schools, restaurants, gyms, spas, retreats, movie theaters, and much more. Of course, without any additional square footage, we’ve had to rely on makeshift solutions. Some of the best weapons have turned out to be furniture that can do double duty. You can easily store some furniture pieces when not in use, or add urgently needed storage. If you’ll be redecorating this year, strategize and shop for pieces that will optimize the space you have:

  • Sectionals that you can rearrange into different configurations
  • Ottomans that can serve as footrests, additional table surfaces, and storage
  • Smaller computer desks or wall desks that can fold down for homework
  • Creative substitutes for end tables that have storage, like nightstands and trunks
  • Benches with shelves underneath or out-of-sight storage
  • Built-in shelving and cabinetry for eliminating clutter

These intriguing interior design trends to try in 2021 are especially meaningful because we’ve seen our homes become our whole world. We need them to lift our moods, inspire productivity and creativity, help us stay healthy, and connect us to the outside world while protecting us from the chaos. Interior design this year isn’t just about new looks; we need it to help us feel and do things that can get us through a challenging period.

It’ll probably be a long time before we can fully leave our homes. This year in particular, we’ll be investing a lot of thought into our interiors before we invest money. At Midwest Clearance Center, we know that your surroundings need to work for you. If you’re looking for a furniture outlet in St. Louis with an enormous variety of possibilities, we have six locations and experienced staff. Contact us for more information on how we can help.

The Most Intriguing Interior Design Trends To Try in 2021